Category Archives: Teachable Moments

Raising Monarchs

We are raising Monarchs again this year and participating in the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s “Bring Back the Monarch” campaign.  This year has started off busy, busy since we spent all summer planting and nurturing a butterfly garden.  We planted large areas of nectar plants near our driveway and a row of milkweed in an old,...

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Monarch Caterpillar Hatches

Tiny Monarch Caterpillar with ruler only 1/16th of an inch long by Catina Anderson

Yesterday we had the amazing experience of watching a tiny caterpillar emerge from it’s egg so we put together a short video slideshow of photos and clips to share.

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For a really great way to get involved with the efforts to monitor and preserve bumblebees check out and read about their citizen science project.  It’s a great way for families to learn about the wide variety of bumble bees in your area and aid scientists in collecting data to help monitor and preserve...

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WWII Airplanes


Arsenal of Democracy, WWII flyover – as seen in Western Loudoun as the airplanes formed a holding pattern waiting their turn to head down the Potomac to the big event.   I joined in the excitement along with much of the town as we ventured outside from 11:30 to about 12:40 to watch the airplanes...

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horned passalus or patent-leather beetle

Last summer we had a large oak tree and several surrounding smaller trees chipped into mulch. The oak had fallen back in 2009 and I presume was dead several years prior to that. The surrounding smaller trees fell when this huge oak came down. They left 2 large piles of hardwood mulch in addition to...

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